Sunday 5 May 2013

Anything But A Card - ATC's

Ok so post No2 in one day, if you stopped by earlier and are back, thank you very much, and if this is your first visit, where have you been? ;)  ;)

 We are just entering the second week of our latest challenge over at Anything But A Card, the theme Is ATC's. That's it, you can create any style and use any subject just as long as it is an ATC, Simples x
Stop on by ABAC to see what else the DT have created.

I made two Atc's but one is an extension of an idea of the first one, if that makes sense?

I bought one for the new Lynne Perrella stamp sets last week, I love the new range, I am a big fan of the oriental stylings and art, and picked this set as I thought this image was perfect for an ATC.
This is the first one I made, nice and simple,the ATC's have been cut from mount board, I sprayed them with Dylusion sprays stamped the image with archival ink and went round the edge with a little black soot Distress ink.
 It was given two coats of clear embossing powder to finish off. I picked these coin embellishments up at my local craft store and used a bit of leather to tie them round my ATC.
The second ATC grew from the first, I wanted to give her a white face and pick out a few other details.
I started by stamping the image this time on to the white mount board ATC. I then painted in the blue circles on her face with broken china distress ink. when that was dry I used some Matte glue n seal with a fine brush to carefully paint her face. I left her eye and her lips un-covered. The Dylusions were then used, Because of the glue n seal I could just wipe away the over spray with a damp bit of kitchen towl.
The next step was a calculated bit of pot luck, It could have easily ruined the ATC.I sprayed a little bit of Blue Dylusions right at the top of the ATC and dabbed it dry, I then put out a little splodge of white acrylic paint onto my craft mat and swiped the corner of the ATC through it and rubbed it face down around the craft mat.its a very thin layer of paint and it drew up some of the Dylusions colour. I used a Kanji Stencil and some Dream Weaver paste,knowing that it would also draw up some of their colour.
The edges were gone round again with some black soot distress ink tofinish it off. No clear emboss as I really like the shabby look of this one. The paint gives a look of torn paper or maybe enevn an old fresco?  Ok might be pushing my luck there ;)

So if you have never made an ATC before or weather you have made hundreds, we would love to see you join us at Anything But A Card.
And as always a great big thank you for stopping by, your comments and visits are very much appreciated x

I would like to enter these into a couple of challenges.

Fashionable Stamping Challenges  are having an anything goes theme.

CraftyCatz are having an 'inspired by a song' challenge, my song is Turning Japanese by The Vapors ;)


  1. They are both so beautiful Mark, just in different ways, I love the vibrancy of the first one but the techniques you used on the second are fabulous, love how distressed it looks....amazing work! Anne x

  2. Wow... absolutely stunning ATCs, Mark. The masking of the face on the second one to give that ghostly white complexion with the fabulously delicate Broken China cheeks is just wonderful! Love that your risk-taking totally paid off too... Brilliant inspirational ATCs!
    Alison x

  3. Hi Mark, fantastic ATCs! I really like both of them but think I prefer the slightly more rustic look the second one has - I like the finishing touch on it with the dream weaver paste.

  4. These arecfab atc,s especially love the second one, the dominos below look cool too! Hugs trace x

  5. Excellent ATCs Mark. Such a vibrant oriental feel to them Px

  6. Your ATC are beautiful, I love Asian images too! (you should check De Stempelwinkel, so many Asian images there....)
    As to where I was..... I have taken two days off, worked in the garden, relaxed, barbecued... I can recommend it! LOL

    1. Im glad you found some you time Jetske.
      And yes, I have noticed the lovely asian images over at De Stempelwinkel, they are on my ever growing list ;)

  7. Gorgeous stamp and I love the two different effects you've achieved, Mark. always something new here. Fabulous work! xxD

  8. Wow stunning ATCs and I love your song choice, thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz this week, Jac x

  9. The first one is great Mark, but for me the second is a stroke of genius. It has a manga quality and the overpainting has me looking at the face of a sinister gentleman. Can you see it or am I way too random? Hugs, Jenny x

  10. Wow, both of your ATCs are fabulous. The bright colored one is my favorite. Thanks for sharing with us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

  11. I have been humming and haaing about the new range from Lynne Perrella Mark but you have convinced me.
    Your ATC's are divine!
    I totally agree with Butterfly about the masking idea. - so like the geishas of Kyoto.
    Love your art!

  12. ooh, I am loving the new stamps. Love the calculated risk on the ATC (top left corner) I think it worked really well.


  13. Both are fabulous Mark! Great techniques! x

  14. Fantastic ATC's its a super image. Thank you for joining us at FSC this time.

  15. Hi Mark...looove these stamps! And the colour on both, though different, are totally stunning.
    Thanks for joining in the fun at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
    Dot x

  16. Hi Mark, I just popped over from Dianne's blog,
    Your ATC's Are stunning. I love that stamp it's GORGEOUS.
    Hugz Tonniece

  17. Love your work here! This is wonderful. Love the colours and it goes very well with your song.

    Thank you for playing along with us at Crafty Catz this week. Good luck!

  18. gorgeous - love the shine from the embossed version.

  19. wow, it is fantastic. I love the image did you used and the composiotn is perfect.

  20. Wow these are STUNNING Mark, they are both so different but both of them gorgeous, I do love Chinese art and all in such a tiny area, Brilliant Make my dear, thanks for sharing and congrats for being in the top 5, yours is my favorite, should I say that, well it is:O). Have a wonderful creative day..